Mary Beth Collins, the executive director
of Dane County Court Appointed Special Advocates, said Dave
Bowden of Market
Street Diner created the gingerbread man as part of
the "Gingerbread Cookie Factory" fundraiser at the Hilldale
Mall in Madison.
"This was a goal he had," Collins said.
"To create the world's
tallest gingerbread man. So Dane County CASA approached
him to see if he would do it, and he agreed, and here we are
today." The event also included a gingerbread
house decorating competition and performance by members of
the UW marching band. It took more than a week to bake the
The cookie factory, which will be open
the first three Saturdays in December, will allow children
to decorate their own gingerbread cookies to raise funds for
CASA, which advocates for children in abusive situations.
Madison-area companies were invited to participate
in a gingerbread house or “casa” decorating competition.
A gingerbread man is a cookie made of gingerbread,
usually in the shape of a stylized human, as per the name
although making other shapes, especially seasonal themes,
is quite common.
Most gingerbread men share the same
roughly humanoid shape, with stubby feet and no fingers. Many
gingerbread men have a face, though whether the features are
indentations within the face itself or other candies stuck
on with icing or chocolate varies from recipe to recipe.